Workforce Equality: A Fleeting Dream?

According to World Bank Data (1), female participation rate in Labor Force has dropped from 52% to 49.5% in the last 20 years. Furthermore, based on Deloitte Board Diversity Census (2), Women in C-Suite Roles of Fortune 500 Companies are a mere 20% in 2016, of which only 3.8% are minorities.

It’s the twenty-first century and female representation in workforce is this weak.

Several reasons contribute to this problem on larger scale:

Cultural Norms
The ideology that women are the ‘house maker’ in conservative cultures and developing nations, often leave women less accomplished then their male counterparts. In some cases, women aren’t even educated enough to do even the least skilled job, and that is “if” they are allowed to even work in the first place.

Industry Stereotypes
Some industries have become highly male-dominant, such as Accounting and Finance, or Technology. In these industries, a career path for a female worker is often riddled with roadblocks and managers’ bias. Even if women do enter such field, they are likely to be harassed into quitting their job sooner or later.

Laws and Regulations
Issues like Wage Gap and Paid Maternity Leave are still an existing issue in many countries. Businesses aren’t doing enough to address this.


World Economic Forum (3) stated in their Global Gender Gap Report 2016, that it could take 170 years to close the gender gap.


So here’s hoping to a future of workforce equality.
Here’s to the girls of tomorrow that will break that glass ceiling.
Here’s to the girls of today that challenge stereotypes.
The world is waiting…




(1) The World Bank, “Labor Force Participation Rate, Female (% of Female Population Ages 15+) (Modeled ILO Estimate),The World Bank Databank (2016).
(2) Deloitte and Alliance for Board Diversity, Missing Pieces Report: The 2016 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards (2017).
(3) The World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report 2016 (2016).

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Getting Organized: Give your Mess a Facelift

Cluttered Table?
Scrambled Closet?
Mixed up Schedule?

I’ve had all three at some point, and occasionally still do. Now, however, it doesn’t end up in utter chaos as it used to. Super fancy and expensive storage boxes are the last thing that you should buy. There are a ton of DIY things you can do and make it look better.

The cluttered Table.
With studying and crafting I would do, any size of table would soon be consumed under all the mess, and cleaning it would be a nightmare. I’m using a plastic box with adjustable dividers for my Crafting materials, like threads and needles. For my notes I use simple folders and a file box. To make it more convenient, I further categorized the folders as “Subjects” and the file box as “School Term”. This is something that works for me. Of course you can store them the way you see fit.

The Scrambled Closet
Whenever I would look for something to wear, I wouldn’t find it unless I take out some ten other clothes, and putting them back were a hassle, so they ended up on the ‘chair’. I then sorted my clothes to ‘daily used’ to ‘only on occasions’. The latter ones and the seasonal ones, like heavy coats, would then be moved to the trunk, so I’ll have more space in the closet. Since I have a three-panel wardrobe, all my jeans and skirts are in the right side, and all shirts and dresses are in the left panel. While my daily wear are folded and stacked in the third (horizontal) panel. This way, if I’m looking for a dress, I’d have all my dresses next to each other and not all over my room.

The Mixed up Schedule
I used to jot down my To Do List on my phone, but that didn’t work out so well with me, especially when I was working part time with irregular flexible hours and having night classes. I used a Daily Planner (I personally like this one). I could keep my notes sorted and I view my whole week at once so it helped scheduling my other activities as well.

Have fun trying out which way works better for you, and remember being consistent is the key, not perfect.




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The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Review

10429092I hadn’t particularly cared for the book when it had come out, however after reading the majority of the reviews, the book seemed like a must-read. Unfortunately, this book disappointed me.

The story is about a turmoil lurking around a kingdom’s corners, and Elise is secretly wed because it would benefit the two kingdoms, since she is the ‘chosen one’.

The plot is slightly cliche, and the story doesn’t explain a lot of the ‘power’ Elise possess. Elise is displayed to be beyond ordinary, to the point of self-loathing – just because she was overweight and has an older sister who is more dominant.

Elise develops into becoming the people’s hope of winning the war-to-come, and yet her King doesn’t notice or appreciate her, and Elise remains in self-doubt. The book is packed with Elise’s journey and her development to a stronger character that will be able to lead the people when the time comes.

The book solely focuses on character development and progression for Elise. The writing complements the story progression with a lot of descriptions, but I personally found it quite slow and boring, especially because I didn’t care about any of the characters, especially Elise.

Overall I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars. I probably won’t be reading the sequels.